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The best stop-motion film ever made, IMO. Actually, one of the best short films ever made!
There are two other versions of this film in the archive, but one is missing about 6 minutes and one is missing the soundtrack. I've fixed some editing mistakes and synch problems that have crept into the various editions over the years and posted the complete version of this amazing film.
Starewicz had become a master animator by 1933, incorporating techniques never used before and rarely since (such as moving the puppets during the actual exposure to create blurring for fast movement). His use of rear-screen projection is also surprisingly effective.
But more important than these technical details is the great humor of his writing and his sensitivity to character. Each of the dozens of puppets in this film is imbued with a convincing personality; none more so than the title character, known as Fétiche in France and Duffy in England and the U.S. I think the scene of him hanging in a car's rear window is one of the funniest and most poignant scenes you'll find in any film. The character was so successful Starewicz starred him in four more films.
We have CGI now, but all Starewicz had was an imagination that wouldn't take "no" for an answer. Whatever he wanted to see on the screen, he created. And he wanted to see some truly bizarre stuff - every imaginable piece of scrap is called up for service: old shoes, chicken bones, utensils, broken glasses, dolls, monkeys, rats...nothing was off limits.
A sweet, funny, and also eerie film that should be seen by anyone with even a passing interest in animation. Or film, for that matter.
This movie is part of the collection: Animation Shorts
Producer: Ladislas Starewicz
Audio/Visual: Sound, B&W
Keywords: stop motion, animation, Wladyslaw, Starevich, Starevitch, Starewich, Starewitch, short film, Fétiche, Mascotte, Devil's Ball
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It gave me goosebumps!
SQuiRMiN' VeRMiN' -
Subject: A MAGICAL GEM
DO YA' THINK 'TIM BURTON' OR THE PEOPLE WHO MADE "TOY STORY" EVER SAW THIS . . . NAHHH ! ?
Subject: Hundreds of films made after 1930 are Public Domain
Including Gulliver's Travels, His Girl Friday, Father's Little Dividend, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, Freaks, Jungle Book, The Lady Vanishes, The Little Princess, Meet John Doe, Nothing Sacred, Penny Serenade, Royal Wedding, Second Chorus, A Star Is Born, Topper Returns, etc., etc.
It's not just based on the date of release.
P.S. to PollitoIngles (below) - the MPEG2 available here is complete. Your download must have stopped early.
Subject: Yah speaking of that....
How is it that there is so much stuff here that isn't apparently in public domain? A movie from the 30s would be protected, wouldn't it?
Does anyone police this stuff?
Subject: Creative Commons
Hello out there, does anyone know the status of usage for this work, I'd like to put some music i've made to it and post it on Youtube> Please let me know if you could,,thank you
Subject: MPEG2 Version only 18 minutes long.
The streamed version is 25m58s long but the 1.3GB MPEG2 version is only 18m05s long.
Does anyone know where I can get an MPEG2 quality version of the uncut version?
Subject: Best Movie To Date
I absolutely LOVE this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very happy to have found it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i'm french (my english is not very good, sorry) and i apriciate to see a film that was made in france!
isn't any other movie from starevitch PD? and why arent' they available? thanks
Kenneth Atherton -
Subject: Amazing film
I first saw the "Devil's Ball" sequence on the TV show Night Flight many years ago. I think I was half asleep when I saw it, but the music and the animation left a lasting impression on me. The ball has a beautiful, surreal quality that feels like a fevered dream from the distant past.
I was ecstatic to find the whole film on archive.org. I never thought I'd see it again.
I find the film is best watched in a quiet, dark room (probably alone) in order to appreciate the strange and wonderful atmosphere without any distractions.
Subject: The Devil's Ball
Much of the Devil's Ball sequence is very fine. For example, when the devil summons flying creatures, or when the glasses play music by breaking themselves. This version is 26 minutes long.